EU Presidency Culture Programme

Culture Connects is the culture programme marking Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union (1 January-30 June 2013).

The Arts Council has coordinated a national programme of over 90 contemporary arts events and projects taking place country-wide. These special initiatives, arranged under the five strands below, celebrate the diversity of artistic practice undertaken by artists and arts organisations based in Ireland in cooperation with their colleagues based elsewhere in Europe.


Voices from Shandon
Local Arts Europe

The Local Arts Europe strand of Culture Connects features 23 projects across many areas of arts practice, from contemporary dance and processional spectacle to sound art and video mapping.

Dawn Chorus
Féile Festa

This strand is all about connecting artists and audiences, and involves over 30 festivals all around Ireland.

Traditional Now
Traditional Now

The Traditional Now strand encompasses six special traditional arts projects that feature cross-cultural artistic collaboration.

Young Creatives
Young Creatives

The Young Creatives strand involves hundreds of young artists, from classical musicians, actors and directors to dancers and film-makers.

Partners for Imagination
Partners for Imagination

This final strand of Culture Connects showcases some of the arts organisations in Ireland that have been exceptionally committed to working across national borders in Europe.

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The Culture Connects National Programme brochure is available to download here (3.04 MB, Adobe PDF).